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Athens

The Acropolis of Athens and its monuments are universal symbols of the classical spirit and civilization and form the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world.

Root of Tour

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Acropolis with Parthenon

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Ancient Agora

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Theatre of Dionysus

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Temple of Zeus

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Plaka (the Old City)

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Changing of the guards (in front of the Greek Parliament)

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The Palace (behind the National Garden)

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Panathinaic stadium (Kallimarmaro)

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Old Academy, University and National Library

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Lycabettus Hill

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Acropolis Museum

Tour duration : 8 hours

Acropolis

Athens Tour Additional Information

The Acropolis of Athens and its monuments are universal symbols of the classical spirit and civilization and form the greatest architectural and artistic complex bequeathed by Greek Antiquity to the world.

In the second half of the fifth century bc, Athens, following the victory against the Persians and the establishment of democracy, took a leading position amongst the other city-states of the ancient world.

In the age that followed, as thought and art flourished, an exceptional group of artists put into effect the ambitious plans of Athenian statesman Pericles and, under the inspired guidance of the sculptor Pheidias, transformed the rocky hill into a unique monument of thought and the arts.

The most important monuments were built during that time: the Parthenon, built by Ictinus, the Erechtheon, the Propylaea, the monumental entrance to the Acropolis, designed by Mnesicles and the small temple Athena Nike.

After the fall of the tyrants, Hipparchus in 514 and Hippias in 510, the Acropolis was reconstructed. The Pelasgicon, which a Delphic oracle declared cursed, was destroyed. The upper town, deprived of its ramparts, was weakened, and in 480 the Persians under Xerxes took it over, looting and burning the sanctuaries.

Paradoxically, the looting of the Acropolis in 480 BC guaranteed the conservation of one of the most impressive collections of archaic sculpture in the Greek world. The rampart was destroyed in 472-471, at the same time as the ‘Long Walls,’ which enclosed Athens and its port at Piraeus. With Pericles the 5th century BC marks the apogee of Athenian democracy.

A period of several decades, 447-406 BC, saw the successive building of the main temple dedicated to Athena, the Parthenon; the Propylaea, the monumental entrance which replaced the Gate of Pisistratus, built on the very site of one of the entrances to the citadel of the ancient kings; the temple of Athena Nike; and the Erechtheion – the four masterpieces of classical Greek art. Although the disastrous Peloponnesian War and the capitulation of Athens in April 404 BC caused the demolition of the Long Walls, they did not affect the Acropolis monuments.

The sacred hill of Athens, whose monuments were the admiration of all, continued to be beautified by the powerful personalities of the moment, including the sovereigns of Pergamon, Cappadocia, and Egypt, Roman Emperors such as Claudius and Hadrian, and wealthy private citizens like Herod Atticus, the private tutor of Marcus Aurelius.

The Athenian Acropolis is the supreme expression of the adaptation of architecture to a natural site. This grand composition of perfectly balanced massive structures creates a monumental landscape of unique beauty consisting of a complete series of masterpieces of the 5th century BC.

The monuments of the Acropolis have exerted an exceptional influence, not only in Graeco-Roman antiquity, a time when in the Mediterranean world they were considered exemplary models, but in contemporary times as well.

From myth to institutionalized cult, the Acropolis, by virtue of its precision and diversity, bears a unique testimony to the religions of ancient Greece. It is the sacred temple from which sprang fundamental legends about the city. It illustrates the civilizations of Greece over more than a millennium.

From the royal palace of kings in the 15th century BC and the Pelasgic walls of the first fortification, to the Odeon constructed in AD 161 by Herod Atticus, a unique series of public monuments was built and conserved in one of the densest spaces of the Mediterranean.

The Acropolis is located on a rocky promontory 156m above the valley of Ilissos; it covers a surface area of less than 3ha. From the 2nd millennium BC it was a fortress protecting places of worship and royal palaces.

Access to the plateau was protected by a wall, the Pelasgicon, which existed prior to the invasions of the Dorians who threatened Athens beginning in 1200.

Athens Tour Map

Acropolis with Parthenon

Ancient Agora

Theatre of Dionysus

Temple of Zeus

Plaka (the Old City)

Changing of the guards (in front of the Greek Parliament)

The Palace (behind the National Garden)

Panathinaic stadium (Kallimarmaro)

Old Academy, University and National Library

Lycabettus Hill (panoramic view of the city)

Acropolis Museum

Athens Photos

Useful information

Additional fees

Acropolis site : 12€ per person for the archaeological site (in the ticket are included Acropolis with Parthenon, Ancient Agora, the Theatre of Dionysus and the Temple of God Zeus)

Acropolis Museum : 5€ per person

(Local box office provides your tickets to buy).

Dress

Your clothes must be comfortable, not heavy, carrying with you just in case a light jacket. Shoes must be flat-soled (like sport shoes). Sun glasses, a hat and a small bottle of fresh cold water (provided by the company) are also recommended.

Opening days

Acropolis with Parthenon :

Everyday from 8:00 to 20:00 (Last entrance : 19:30)

Acropolis Museum :

1 April – 31 October:
Monday : 8:00 – 16:00 (Last entrance : 15:30)
Tuesday to Sunday : 8:00 – 20:00 (Last entrance : 19:30)
Friday : 8:00 – 22:00 (Last entrance : 21:30)

1 November– 31 March:
Monday to Thursday : 9:00 – 17:00 (Last entrance : 16:30)
Friday : 9:00 – 22:00 (Last entrance : 21:30)
Saturday and Sunday : 9:00 – 20:00 (Last entrance : 19:30)

Free admission days

Acropolis with Parthenon :

6 March – in memory of Melina Mercouri

18 April – International Day for Monuments

18 May – International Museum Day

5 June – World Environment Day

The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)

27 September – World Tourism Day

Every first Sunday of the month from November 1st to March 31st

28 October – National Greek Holiday

Acropolis Museum :

25 March – National Greek Holiday

18 May – International Museum Day

28 October – National Greek Holiday

Closed

Acropolis and the Parthenon :

1 January

25 March

1 May

Easter Sunday

25 December (Christmas)

26 December

Acropolis Museum :

1 January

1 May

Easter Sunday

Easter Monday

25 December (Christmas)

26 December

Payment

We accept euro and at the end of the tour we provide a receipt with the total amount which includes the payment of the English speaking driver, fuel and taxes.

It is not included lunch and entrance tickets at sites and museums.

Please keep in mind that our driver is not a tour guide so he is not licensed to accompany you inside the sites. If you want a licensed guide you will have to hire one at extra cost.

For further information please do not hesitate to send an e-mail. The respond will be as soon as possible.

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